A viral video clip showing large rats feasting on pork chops left unattended at a butcher shop in a city open-air market has prompted Chiang Mai officials to review regulations governing cleanliness of fresh food markets.
Facebook user “Adam Ppor” posted the video on Thursday, saying he had set out to buy pork from Muang Mai Market in Chiang Mai, but after seeing about 20 sleek vermin munching on stacks of pork left uncovered on a table, he suddenly lost his appetite.
Instead, he whipped out his mobile phone and filmed the rat banquet. It’s a bit blurry but the long-tailed rodents can be clearly seen on this YouTube clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXI-DtvE-Wg
With YouTube videos now carrying Ads by Google, the rat clip bore a banner for Southern Cross Travel Insurance saying: “Don’t get stranded in paradise!” when viewed yesterday.
Following release of the video, deputy mayor of Chiang Mai municipality, Natthachudej Wiriyadiloktham, met with market vendors, provincial livestock and health officers and city inspectors “to discuss short- and long-term improvements”, the Bangkok Post reported.
“After the meeting, Mr Natthachudej said municipal officials used chlorine to clean the market grounds and planned how to get rid of all the rodents,” the paper reported.
Natthachudej said all sides agreed to treat the matter urgently and to check other markets to ensure good hygiene.
The rats may have to make alternative dining arrangements.
Written by Peter Needham